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The Truth About Girls and BoysChallenging Toxic Stereotypes About Our Children$
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Caryl Rivers and Rosalind Barnett

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780231151634

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231151634.001.0001

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(p.183) 11 Conclusion
The Truth About Girls and Boys

Caryl Rivers

Rosalind C. Barnett

Columbia University Press

This concluding chapter argues that it is important to not believe in simplistic generalizations about “boys” and “girls.” Girls differ largely among themselves, as do boys, which makes talking about the sexes as homogeneous groups quite pointless. Parents must avoid these pink-and-blue-box messages and accept the fact that their children are individuals. Culturally, boys and girls are exposed to very different experiences and stimuli, and it would be good to encourage them to venture beyond their comfort zones. Professor Howard Gardner, a developmental psychologist, characterizes multiple intelligences as a way of broadening educational paths, which will urge children to develop the entire range of abilities that are within their grasp. In addition, biology professor Paul Grobstein states that the goal of education ought to be transformation, and perhaps even self-transcendence.

Keywords:   boys, girls, pink and blue, Howard Gardner, multiple intelligences, educational paths, Paul Grobstein

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